Posted by banjo~gal on Saturday, September 22, 2007
I never know where to go with my picking....i just started clawhammer and am really enjoying that at the moment, so i hope to be improving that!
I am still doing 3 finger pickin and am still enjoying that...my learning rate is going down but thats what happens when stuff gets harder : ) I'm just trying to learn Ground Speed and thats really givin my fingers a hard time lol but i seem to be getting there slowly...very slowly, lol
i've done a few small performances now, but i am definitely not finding it any easier to play for people! do you ever get over nerves even just a little bit?? i wouldnt mind but my right hand tenses up and i constantly make mistakes lol but maybe its just one of those things...
hey ho, better stop whining and start pickin ; )
be happy chappies....peace and good pickin! <3
Saturday, September 22, 2007 @9:40:25 PM
the way I get over the nervous feeling of performing is by telling myself that most of the crowd probably doesn't play banjo and that if I make a small mistake they most likely won't notice it. I try to keep my hand as relaxed as possible. Good luck with clawhammer, Thats what I started on, then I went to scruggs style, now I'm working on single string and melodic stuff. -Gabe
Sid Langley Says:
Sunday, September 23, 2007 @4:46:06 AM
Interesting area, this nerves thing. Some people say you need the edge to keep you up to performing well. I've NEVER had nerves ... I think it's largely because I couldn't give a monkey's about what people think of my playing - I know if it's good or bad and that's all that matters. It's when you get into this area of trying to ENTERTAIN and seeking approval from an audience. Not quite the same as playing music. Discuss ... write on one side of the paper only ...
A Rich Taylor Says:
Sunday, September 23, 2007 @7:24:38 AM
hey kid! Keep performing every chance you get...including the banjolounge. DO NOT worry about how your music is received. Just put it out there...with passion....in an unphony way...and people will automatically be drawn to it.
Sunday, September 23, 2007 @9:31:21 AM
heyy thanks a lot guys! i really appreciate yall commenting! some good advice and stuff too! i'll keep doing performances coz i love to play to people and i really will try to get over my nerves!...so no worries...it wont stop me pickin...i dont think anything can...
Tuesday, September 25, 2007 @9:17:35 PM
Hannah, I don't know anyone that doesn't get a little nervous or anxious before a gig. The more you perform on stage or in the studio, the more exhilarating it becomes. Keep picking. I know there are other pickers in the UK. I have a friend in Nashville, TN that is from Ireland.
Sunday, October 14, 2007 @10:19:40 PM
Hey, at least you get up there and do it. I keep saying, "I'm not ready yet", or "just a little more practice, I'll be ready as soon as I have this song down". But that time never comes. I just can't seem to get over my fear of not being good enough. However, seeing you at 15, on banjo hangout, doing it for fun, I think I'm ready. At least I'm pretty sure I'll be ready next week. THANKS & GOOD LUCK.
Friday, January 11, 2008 @11:06:02 AM
hmm i get a little nervouse somtimes but usialy i don't casue i've been infront of people all my life but i do alot of the time not look into the crowd r smile so i guess i have my downfalls 2 that... .. i'm sort of stuck in my picken 2 i know thur alot more 2 learn i jus have 2 seek it out though i don't take much time 4 that...i know a kid who is i reckon 16 r 17 but he plays ground speed at all the fests. and beets me of course but he has been playing 4 like 6 years.. but i like ground speed alot though it farly hard lol... Keep picken Lee
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